Florida’s beaches and businesses slowly start reopening

Florida’s beaches and businesses slowly start reopening

Skylar Crumpler, 14, left, and Kylie Crumpler, 13, of Stuart, have a “bridge walk” race on Stuart Beach on Monday, May 4, 2020.(Amy Beth Bennett) Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties aren’t included in Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order to reopen some retailers, restaurants and state parks, though one state park in Broward was allowed to reopen. Under Phase 1 reopening, social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions are in place. What remains closed statewide, though, are salons, barbers, spas and other personal care businesses, with DeSantis not giving a clear timetable for those operations to reopen. Some South Floridians, still under shutdown orders, made their way to the closest neighbor that reopened Monday — Martin County, which borders Palm Beach County to the north. The beach in Stuart had a few hundred people seeking sand and surf. College-aged sunbathers, young families and some retired snowbirds from New York who extended their stay in Florida are sought sunshine. A few cars driving in Martin County near the beaches Monday bore license plates that said “Palm Beach County” and a few more had license plate frames from car dealerships in Palm Beach and Broward. A concession stand at a Jensen Beach boardwalk had a family of about six people in line with a hand sanitizer bottle for beach-goers. Jim Glover, 65, of Palm City, co-owns Cafe Boonma, a Thai restaurant in Stuart that opened in December. The restaurant closed in the middle of March but has been offering take-out and curbside ordering. “We were fortunate enough to get three good months of business in and build a good following,” Glover said Monday, just hours after reopening for sit-down service. The restaurant is operating at 25% capacity and only serving people outdoors, with tables spaces six feet apart. Glover and Josephine Maira, who […]

Original Post www.sun-sentinel.com

About East Lee News

Stay Up to Date with Southwest Florida’s Latest Issue. We cover any and all topics of interest for those living near and far. Stay up to date with the latest articles.

Recent Posts

Request Banner Ad Placement

Sales / Media Inquiries